Ch 27: Reproductive System Goals: Identify the structures of the male and female reproductive systems, including the gross and microscopic anatomy of the organs, structures and accessory glands and their basic functions. Explain meiosis, spermatogenesis and oogenesis.
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Identify the structures of the male and female reproductive systems, including the gross and microscopic anatomy of the organs, structures and accessory glands and their basic functions.
Explain meiosis, spermatogenesis and oogenesis.
Discuss the changes that occur in the female reproductive system during pregnancy.
Gonads, or Primary Sex Organs = ovaries and testes Produce gametes & hormones
Transport of gametes
Secondary or Accessory Organs
In 3% of full-term and 30% of premature deliveries
Significance? - Treatment?
Function: supports, protects, and regulates temperature
Maintenance of blood testis barrier
special lumen fluid high in sex hormones, K+ and aa
protection from immune attack (due tosperm specific Ag)
Suspend spermatids and support spermatogenesis and spermiogenesis
FSH and Testosterone work via Sertoli cellsSecretion of inhibin to slow sperm production
Secretion of androgen-binding protein (ABP)
Interstitial CellsLocated between tubulesproduce testosterone
Mature sperm has 3 portions:
See fig 27-6
~ 7 m long
Head - superior, receives spermatozoa
Body - distal and inferior
Tail - leads to ductus deferens
1) Monitors and adjusts tubular fluid (lining has stereocilia!)
2) Recycles damaged spermatozoa
3) Stores sperm and facilitates maturation (capacitation)
Rete testis and
Can be palpated as it
passes over the pubic brim.
1. Pampiniform plexus of spermatic vein
2. Spermatic artery
5. Nerves-ilioinguinal and genitofemoral
Provide for 95% of the seminal fluid
1) Seminal Vesicles
20 - 30% of seminal fluid
Pea size, paired, at base of penis
Produce about 10% of semen
Alkaline mucus buffers the acid that may be present in urine
Root - fixed to ischial rami
Glans – enlargement of corpus spongiosum
Prepuce = foreskin – partially covers glans and surrounds external urethral meatus (removed in circumcision)
Preputial glands - produce smegma (supports bacterial growth, such as E. coli)
Shaft with erectile tissues
Dorsal Artery and Vein